Australia confirms air strikes in Syria, announces additional 12,000 refugee places

Australia confirms air strikes in Syria, announces additional 12,000 refugee places

ABC News – 9 September 2015

Asylum seekers in Munich

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australia will extend its campaign of air strikes into Syria, at the same time as announcing plans to “move quickly” to accept an extra 12,000 refugees affected by the conflict in both countries.

The extra permanent resettlement places will almost double this year’s refugee intake, and the boost is expected to cost the federal budget $700 million over the next four years.

Key Points

  • Australia to accept 12,000 refugees
  • Will give $44 million in financial aid
  • RAAF to get go ahead for air strikes in Syria

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